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Bussell Family Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0080

Scope and Contents

Papers and business records of the Bussell family of Argyle and Old Town, Maine. Alfred Bussell's papers include a small amount of incoming correspondence; deeds; receipts for food, payments on notes, taxes, etc.; plus tax receipts and documents, 1862-1878.

John B. Bussell's papers contain personal and business correspondence, 1883-1910; financial information; and receipts for groceries and other personal items as well as for taxes paid and for services such as horseshoeing, etc. His logging records include memo books, payroll lists for the Penobscot Lumbering Association, and scale bills.

The collection ends with miscellaneous material not identified as belonging to either man. It includes tax receipts from Argyle, deeds, descriptions of land, and family and legal documents.


  • Creation: 1856-1912
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1883-1904


Access Restrictions

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

The collection contains papers and business records of Alfred W. Bussell of Argyle, Maine, and John B. Bussell of Old Town, Maine. Very little biographical information is available about either man and their relationship to each other is unknown. Alfred Bussell appears to have been the tax collector and perhaps constable for Argyle in the 1860s and 1870s. He and his wife, Julia, also owned property in the area.

John B. Bussell, whose papers make up the majority of the collection, seems to have been in the logging business. He submitted scale bills and was associated with the Penobscot Lumbering Association, perhaps with Samuel Low or Lowe. In the 1910-1911 town directory for Old Town, he is listed as manager for the S.F. Hersey Land Company although there are no documents from this company in the collection. He and his wife, Martha E. Bussell, also owned, leased and rented residential property in Old Town.


0.5 cubic feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Papers and business records of Alfred W. Bussell of Argyle, Maine and John B. Bussell of Old Town, Maine.

Organization and Arrangement

This small collection is organized into four groups: papers of Alfred W. Bussell, papers of John B. Bussell, logging records of John B. Bussell, and miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Guide to the Bussell Family Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States